Which OCD Treatment Works Best?

New research could improve the odds that people with obsessive-compulsive disorder will receive a therapy that really works for them - something that eludes more than a third of those who currently get OCD treatment. The study, performed at the ...

Aug 31

Categories: Obsessions & Compulsions (OCD)


Futile Persistence: Why Do We Keep Our Bad Habits?

It's a paradoxical truth of human existence that we are motivated by self-interest yet regularly act in ways that undermine it. This curious tendency often manifests in the form of futile persistence. We keep going to the well long after it has ...

Aug 27

Categories: Obsessions & Compulsions (OCD)


Musings On Music: Seven Insights From Psychology

All kinds of ideas have been put forward for why and how music came to matter so much to us. But what's abundantly clear is that it does matter; there isn't a society out there that doesn't make and listen to music. And new research is now revealing ...

Aug 26

Categories: Happiness


Older adults with existing depression show resilience during the ...

A study involving older adults with pre-existing major depressive disorder living in Los Angeles, New York, Pittsburgh, and St Louis found no increase in depression and anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Aug 24

Categories: Mental Health in Asia


Small Pleasures Are Just As Important For Our Wellbeing As Long-Term ...

When it comes to leading a happy and fulfilled life, many of us focus on long-term goals: what job we want, whether or not we want children, or how to reach a certain level of skill at a particular hobby or interest. There's a reason so much ...

Aug 19

Categories: Happiness


When you’re smiling, the whole world really does smile with you

From Sinatra to Katy Perry, celebrities have long sung about the power of a smile - how it picks you up, changes your outlook, and generally makes you feel better. But is it all smoke and mirrors, or is there a scientific backing to the claim?

Aug 18

Categories: Happiness


People Prefer Strangers Who Share Their Political Views To Friends ...

Friendship tends to be based on some kind of shared experience: growing up with someone, working with them, or having the same interests. Politics is an important factor too, with research suggesting that we can be pretty intolerant of those with ...

Aug 14

Categories: Friendships


Placebos prove powerful…even when people know they're taking one

How much of a treatment is mind over matter? It is well documented that people often feel better after taking a treatment without active ingredients simply because they believe it's real - known as the placebo effect. A team of researchers from ...

Aug 12


To improve students' mental health, study finds, teach them to breathe

When college students learn specific techniques for managing stress and anxiety, their wellbeing improves across a range of measures and leads to better mental health, a new Yale study finds.

Aug 8

Categories: Stress Management, Teenage Issues


Overconfidence Can Be Transmitted From Person To Person

There will always be some people within a group who are more confident than others. But some groups as a whole tend towards modesty - as with the !Kung hunters of the Kalahari Desert, for example, who deliberately downplay their own achievements and ...

Aug 6

Categories: Self-Esteem, Workplace Issues


Landmark study on 11,196 couples pinpoints what dating apps get so ...

If you have ever labored over how to convey your personality through a dating app bio - or judged someone else's through theirs - research on romance suggests you place your efforts elsewhere.

Aug 4

Categories: Relationships & Marriage


Hedonism Leads to Happiness

Relaxing on the sofa or savoring a delicious meal: Enjoying short-term pleasurable activities that don't lead to long-term goals contributes at least as much to a happy life as self-control, according to new research from the University of Zurich ...

Jul 29

Categories: Stress Management


The Psychological Toll of Rude E-mails

Imagine waking up on Monday morning to an e-mail in your inbox that was written entirely in capital letters—an e-mail that jolts you awake far quicker than the cup of coffee in your hand: "IS THIS A JOKE??? ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!" With the caps lock ...

Jul 28

Categories: Workplace Issues


Oxytocin Could Be Used to Treat Cognitive Disorders Like Alzheimer's

Alzheimer's disease progressively degrades a person's memory and cognitive abilities, often resulting in dementia. Amid efforts to find novel treatments for this disease, a recent breakthrough study by scientists from Japan shows that oxytocin - the ...

Jul 21

Categories: Mental Retardation


Engaging With The Arts Is Related To Greater Wellbeing

Social isolation and fears for our family and friends, as well as ourselves, have all affected psychological wellbeing during the COVID-19 lockdown. But being unable to visit an art gallery, theatre or live music venues may also have taken its toll. ...

Jul 20

Categories: Mental Health in Asia